British Awards 2018

British Awards 2018
Brian van den Berg, Head of Leadership in Action

On Monday 22nd January the Annual British International Schools Awards were held in London. The awards ceremony highlighted some exceptional initiatives spearheaded by British international schools from around the world. Nominations included schools from 38 different countries and Harrow Bangkok was shortlisted for two categories: Outstanding Community Initiative, and the Outstanding Strategic Initiative. We were very proud to be announced as winners for our Karen State Community Initiative which celebrates our efforts working with the migrant and refugee communities along the Thai/Burmese border. Harrow Bangkok staff, students and parents have contributed to these efforts for ten years with 289 Burmese teachers receiving Cambridge certified teacher qualifications to date that has impacted 80 schools and helped to improve the education for over 25,000 children.

Students from years 9-13 have worked in collaboration with the Mobile Education Partnerships and the Burma Border Projects charity organisations. Through supporting these efforts they have felt empowered to imagine their own potential contributions, realising the capacity they have to positively change the lives of others, as global citizens. These subsequent student-led initiatives have included organising an annual ‘Play in a Day’ with migrant children, book, furniture and resource donations and various teaching enterprises, continually gaining momentum. As community service is an integral part of the Harrow Bangkok educational experience, the Karen State Community initiative is the embodiment of our spirit of compassion, empathy and leadership for a better world.

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